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  • Not Quite Blessed!

    Danish Bagdadi

    Rated 
    2.0
    Desimartini | Updated - May 13, 2011 11:53 AM IST
    3.4DM (395 ratings)
    Priest (3D)Watch trailerRelease date : May 13, 2011



    Anyone who was unfortunate enough to watch the apocalyptic action flick 'Legion', Director Scott Stewart's last pairing up with lead Paul Bettany would look forward to their latest offering 'Priest' with a trepidation. I for one did not expect any better and though the movie rose above these impossibly low expectations it still served to remind me what the biggest stumbling block of 'Legion' was, a horribly weak script.

    Very loosely based on a Korean comic book series, the movie takes the basic premise infuses it in what is essentially a reworking of John Ford's classic western, 'The Searchers' (1956). In this alternate world, the planet is divided between Humans and Vampires locked in a battle for centuries together. These are not your normal fanged bloodsuckers but rather vicious & beastly abominations that have more in common with the acid-spewing Xenomorphs from the 'Alien' series than any "sparkle-in-the-sunlight" vampires.

    In the totalitarian world of the future 'The Church' presides over fortified cities, offering protection in return for absolute faith & devotion. The Priests are super-skilled soldiers trained by the Church in the art of killing vampires who spent a good portion of their life turning the tide of the war in the favour of the humans only to be thrown aside once their duty was done. One such Priest (Paul Bettany) receives news of his niece being kidnapped by Vampires and when the Elders led by Monsignor Orelas (Christopher Plummer) deny him permission to mount a rescue mission, he does so anyways along with a Sherriff, Hicks (Cam Gigandet). Thus they ride out into the desolate wasteland on 'Mad-Max'-esque superbikes trailing the vampires. They run into more than their share of vampires, an assortment of odd characters, secrets from the past and also a band of Priests dispatched by the Church to stop the rescue mission.

    The astounding environments, structures and contraptions on display as eye-candy can't hide the sorry writing of the script. While the essential basic plot hold tremendous potential, the all too serious tone of the movie turns nearly every dramatic scene into a laugh or groan inducing buffet of cheesiness. There were certain thematic threads that draw on real-life situations which tease us with promise of depth and character development but are dropped in favour of cliched histrionics.
    For a movie marketed on action, it surprisingly is low on anything exciting. The trailer pretty much shows everything the movie has to offer in terms of action and except for the finale aboard a train there is little to recommend.

    As for the 3D, it's a little pointless as the movie doesn't have a single scene that wows the audience thanks to addition of dimensions.

    The actors fall victim to the poor writing. None of them really do a bad job per se but their acting is highly uneven. Karl Urban stands out in a menacing role and seems to be relishing it with absolute delight.

    'Priest' has a very intriguing futuristic-western mash-up premise and world but the poor writing coupled with lack of genuinely exciting action can turn it into a damp squib for those expecting too much from it.

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  • Abhishek

    Abhishek

    19 Reviews
    Rated 2.0August 23, 2011

    so so movie

    so so movie

  •  Ahana Das

    Ahana Das

    16 Reviews
    Rated 3.0May 17, 2011

    Yeah, I guess I will watch thi

    Yeah, I guess I will watch this one!

  • Yusuf Poonawala

    Yusuf Poonawala

    102 Reviews , 2 Followers
    Rated 0.5May 14, 2011

    Save our souls

    Scott Stewart and Paul Bettany team up again after the disastrous Legion, to present Priest. In a futuristic (but obvious), post apocalyptic world...read more

  • Manu Agrawal

    Manu Agrawal

    125 Reviews , 15 Followers
    Rated 2.5May 13, 2011

    The Bikes are good. The rest is deja vu

    Eons ago, a film named Blade was released. That was some film. Some years later, we got to watch Underworld. Even that was special in its own way. ...read more

  • Mehul Suri

    Mehul Suri

    73 Reviews , 1 Followers
    Rated 2.0May 13, 2011

    The High Priest of Visuals

    Director Scott Stewart has served us some fantastic visual treats in the past, like Legion (as director), Jurassic Park, Mars Attacks and Sin City ...read more